It's been a while since I've posted here - which is probably a common theme amongst those who feel they are doing well
My L4-S1 TLIF was done on Sept 26th and all things considered I'm happy with my progress. Yes, there have been a couple of hiccups along the way, but nothing that could not be handled with patience and a prescription!
I had my x-rays yesterday and have been blessed with great bone growth so have been given permission to begin physical therapy - which is a daunting thing to me, but I'll do as I'm advised/told
I'm not ready to climb Everest, but I no longer have to hold on and wince as I climb the stairs!
Laundry and taking food out of the oven are a challenge I sometimes accept, but mostly don't attempt yet - though I did bake for Christmas sitting on the floor to be close to the oven!
So, my negatives...I'd prefer to be off narcotics, but as I was started on an anti inflammatory yesterday I'm hopeful that will happen soon. I'd like to be able to drive with a lot less pain. I'd like to be able to sit for longer without pain stopping play...again these things will take time...I'm optimistic!
I'm hoping to rejoin the workforce soon - I've been unable to work due to my back since April - I was terminated by my employer because of my prolonged absence. I'm probably going to have to find a different area to work in as my old job (NICU RN) requires me to be able to push/pull 250 lbs. My surgeon does not think that is a something I should strive to do given that I have many more years ahead of me (I'll be 40 in January!). So I'm going to move away from the bedside and transition - hopefully - into a more paper/computer/telephone style of patient care.
My disability insurance company has been outstanding so far and are telling me they will be ready to help me get back to working when my Dr clears me.
That's my update! Thanks to all here for the advise that got me through the last eight months...I'll be back to play here more often....promise xx